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on march 26th. >>> it was an emotional farewell from pope benedict xvi as thousands of people gathered at vatican city. tomorrow he will step down leaving the roman catholic church and its 1 billion worldwide follow eers without a pope. marianne joins us from the vatican. marianne? >> reporter: raj, pope benedict xvi spoke of the burdens of his office as well as the joy. st. peters square alive with excitement as the first pope in six centuries chooses to resign revealing at 85 years old he no longer has the stamina to leave the roman catholic church. >> i will continue to accompany the church with my prayers and ask each of you to pray for me and for the new hope. >> reporter: those who will choose his successor found his final words especially moving. >> it was such a beautiful moment to see the holy father give his whole life and service to the church. >> reporter: benedict noted the difficult times of his pa pacy thanking the faithful for understanding his decision to step down for the good of the church. >> so it's a kind of a death to a certain office and moving on, and he got a
benedict's last audience. he addressed the crowd from the window at the vad can. this will the last sunday from him. look at that crowd. >>> and people at st. francis church in the city had mixed reactions to the pope's resignation today. >> i think they would pick a younger, a younger candidate to take over so he can serve for a much longer time than this one did. >> i've given it soumsome thought, i just think, these are changing times. i just think we have to accept change. >> you know, i'm sorry to hear that the pope is leading. he was a great pope. i'm looking forward to the new pope. i pray for the new pope and the old pope. >> the church cardinals will gather in march to choose the next pope. >>> people who live in newtown, connecticut, are working to archive the tens of thousands of letters and cards of condolence sent. town leaders say about 175,000 pieces of mail came flooding in after 20 children and 6 educa r educators were killed at sandy hook elementary school. archive volunteers hope to put images of the mail online. handwritten notes. organizers say going through the cards
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